Tiger Woods’ tournament to raise money for Bahamian relief efforts

The destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian has left thousands of Bahamians homeless three months after the Category 5 hurricane hit the Abacos and then Grand Bahama. Several PGA Tour stars playing in the Hero World Challenge have raised money for relief efforts, and the tournament will continue its support this week.

For every birdie made during the Hero, $500 will be donated to the ONE Bahamas Fund. Eagles will raise $1,000 and an ace will bring a donation of $2,500. Tiger Woods is among those in the field with homes in the Bahamas along with Justin Rose. Adam Scott, who is not playing this week as he prepares for the Presidents Cup, also has a home in Albany.

Woods teamed up with Justin Timberlake, Nexus Luxury Collection and members at Albany to establish the ONE Bahamas Fund in September. Woods, the host of this week’s Hero World Challenge, said $6 million has been raised so far.

“We’re all devastated. We’ve seen what has happened to Grand Bahama and surrounding areas,” Woods said Monday morning on Golf Channel. “We got spared; we got lucky that it stayed to the east of us. Others weren’t. Some don’t have homes any more. Some don’t have running water. We’re trying to help as much as we possibly can.”

Woods said back home in Jupiter, Florida, there’s a hotel close to his restaurant where many Bahamians are staying because they can’t get back home.

“They had no home to go back to,” Woods said. “They didn’t know what happened to family members. It was devastating to see the stories that were told. Anything we can do to help; this is just the beginning.”

Damage from Dorian has been estimated at $3.4 billion, with more than 240 people still missing, according to a report in the Miami Herald.

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